If you purchase one blush this Summer please make sure it’s Stila Aqua Glow Watercolor Blush ($26)! Aqua Glow Watercolor Blush is a new blusher that launched with the Stila Summer 2015 Collection and is available in five shade selections, honestly, I’m unsure how you’re going to decide on just one shade!
Let’s take a look!
Stila Aqua Glow Watercolor Blush is one of those products that stands out because it’s such a unique, innovative item. At a glance, I thought it was a cushion blush of sorts much like Etude House’s Cushion Blusher which released last year but no, these are nothing like that formula.
These little blushes are a water-based formula that come housed in a little pot (0.21 oz). The pot features a little net that goes over the blush but this isn’t a cushion merely a net that releases color if you press on it gently. I did find application was easier using my fingers but I realize this isn’t exactly a great way to use the product due to bacteria etc….The good news is the lid of the pot has a tiny raised stub and color transfers to it so you can dip fibre brush into the lid to pick up color and apply to your cheek bones if finger application really isn’t your thing. I don’t have it but Stila recommends their #33 One Step Complexion Brush for the best application.
So what’s to love about this formula?
Well, for one thing they are incredibly lightweight and feel very hydrating and soothing on cheeks. Apparently they have a cooling effect when applied but I didn’t really notice it!? They texture is a very thin, watery gel which blends oh so easily on my drier skin. They provide a really pretty splash of color on cheeks which looks very natural. I love the natural flush they give my face! At first the finish is a little dewy but you do have to blend out well and you’ll get more of a cheek stain finish. The colors are quite hydrating so they glide onto cheeks without clinging to drier areas or imperfections. I find the formula is much more forgivable than a cheek stain to apply as it doesn’t set quickly so you have a few seconds to blend properly. The wear is a solid twelve hours on the darker shades but the sheerer ones tend to wear a little shorter on my skin at around eight hours.
Stila Aqua Glow Watercolor Blush (Water Poppy)
Stila Aqua Glow Watercolor Blush Swatches (Water Poppy)
Stila Aqua Glow Watercolor Blush (Shimmering Lotus)
Stila Aqua Glow Watercolor Blush Swatches (Shimmering Lotus)
Stila Aqua Glow Watercolor (Blush Rosewater)
Stila Aqua Glow Watercolor Swatches (Blush Rosewater)
I tried three of the five shades and pigmentation does vary from shade to shade. If you’re looking for bright and vibrant I’d suggest Water Poppy as that’s the most pigmented shade I tried. If subtle, sheerer shades are your thing Rosewater and Shimmering Lotus are excellent picks!
I have too many blushes to count at this point in my makeup life with many different finishes and formulas so I don’t always feel terribly impressed when a new blush hits the market. Stila Aqua Glow Watercolor Blush definitely brings something very new and exciting to the blush world with a formula that’s easy to work with and ideal for the long, humid days of Summer.
Stila Aqua Glow Watercolor Blush is available now at StilaCosmetics.com